California has been the cradle of cannabis and the counterculture since forever, and HIGH TIMES would like to celebrate this enlightened state with our first all-Cali issue. I believe the world’s best cannabis is found in Cali, and by featuring responsible growers, we hope to inspire others to cultivate pot for the right reasons: to help the sick and heal the Earth.
This month’s issue couldn't have come at a better time. We are starting our own experiment. After patiently waiting for months, our Procyon 100s have arrived. We are running three Procyon 100s, growing a Jack Herer x Bubbleberry that I got accidentally with a hermaphrodite Bubbleberry.
In a good news/bad news scenario for Uncle Sam, the cultivation of opium poppies in the Afghan province of Balkh has dropped significantly. The United Nations calls it a success story. So do we. It turns out that the poppy farmers of Afghanistan have turned to cannabis in order to provide for their families.
America’s top wrestler is a world champion. He also suffers from major depression, according to his therapist. To combat the effects of depression and help him sleep, former wrestling champ Joe Warren smoked some pot. After testing positive in 2006, Warren attempted to stay clean in order to compete in the Olympic Games in 2008.
It’s a shame that presidential candidates who bring a measure of intelligence and candor to the discussion of drugs in America often fade into obscurity. In January, Republican Ron Paul was asked if he would legalize marijuana, cocaine and heroin.
In 2003, Seattle voted to make pot possession the lowest law-enforcement priority. To no one’s surprise, pot prosecutions plunged. But a City Council-appointed panel has concluded that despite the overall drop, cases brought against African-American men have gone up, both in number and in proportion to the population.
Canadian medical-marijuana patients have won a major decision in federal court. In a December court challenge, they had sought flexibility in Ottawa’s restrictive medical-marijuana program, which forced users to rely on the government for their medicine.
Mae Nutt, the cannabis-law reform activist known as “Grandma Marijuana,” passed away on New Year’s Day at age 86. In 1978, after watching her son fight the side effects of chemotherapy by using cannabis, Mae became an outspoken advocate for medical marijuana.
This movie really makes you wonder if a writers’ strike is all that bad. The plot of The Evil Bong: B-movie archetypes (Slacker, Surfer, Jock and Nerd) live together in a crappy apartment amid clouds of pot smoke and squalor. Nerd begins believing that Jock’s friend (Nondescript Blond with Large Breasts) might want to screw him.
William Britt is a medical-marijuana patient and activist who lives in California, a state that is light-years ahead of the rest of the country in how it deals with cannabis. Britt is also a courtqualified cannabis expert who testifies on behalf of medical-marijuana patients.
We’re all about finding a legal way to get our blaze on. If we could scratch the HT centerfold, get a full whiff of whatever glorious nugget is featured there and be high as a kite, we’d have no fingernails left. So Free High Cannabis intrigued us: Could this memory-recall CD, from the folks at Free High Inc., truly be a legal, smoke-free replication of the pot-smoking experience?
Actors Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson have been doing a lot of hanging out together since Wilson’s attempted suicide last year. Friends of the two say that Woody is doing more for Wilson than a therapist could ever do, “teaching him to enjoy his celebrity and live healthier.”
Contrary to stoner lore, toking behind the wheel doesn’t always make for safer drivers. According to the findings of a new online report issued by NORML, “Cannabis and Driving: A Scientific and Rational Review,” motorists who are stoned behind the wheel experience a slightly elevated risk of accident compared to sober drivers.
In the war on medical marijuana, there exists a shadowy conduit between California law enforcement and the federal government. It’s known as the California Narcotic Officers’ Association (CNOA), officially described as a nonprofit corporation “dedicated to providing high-quality training for law-enforcement professionals.”
Lakota hemp farmer Alex White Plume and his family have experienced another setback in their battle to reintroduce industrial hemp on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota: In December, the White Plume family homestead burned to the ground as the result of an electrical fire.
Dale Gieringer has been among California’s most significant marijuana activists during the 20-year renaissance of cannabis in the Golden State. He joined California NORML in 1987, after receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1984, although his early years would hardly suggest his later career as a pro-pot dynamo.
There are lessons to be learned from The Race Beat.
In 1992, Richard Cowan was the director of NORML. He was often asked why cannabis prohibition had endured since 1937, despite the commercial popularity and general social acceptance of cannabis in America. Cowan’s two-word reply: “Bad journalism.”
NORML's Daily Audio Stash lights up marijuana media.
Chris Goldstein began working in broadcasting on a public radio station in Santa Fe, NM, in 1996. Even back then, Chris always made sure to include marijuana information on his weekly social-justice program, Active Voice Radio. Little did he know how well that experience would serve him-Chris became NORML’s official podcaster in 2005.
Dr. Mitch, Can medical marijuana actually control blood pressure? Mine drops after just one hit. Lime Aid Hi Lime, Animal research shows that the cannahinoid receptor definitely plays a role in blood pressure. Unfortunately, marijuana’s impact is inconsistent and often short-lived.
Elephant Man, a.k.a. the Energy God, began shaking up Kingston dance parties in the 1990s with the Scare Dem Crew. Now a solo act, his new album, Let’s Get Physical, was produced by Diddy [among others] for VP/Bad Boy Records and includes guest appearances by Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean and Diddy himself.
Nick Drake's recording receives the deluxe treatment with Fruit Tree.
The short yet extraordinary musical career of folk-music icon Nick Drake has now been enshrined by countless tributes, covers and soundtrack inclusions as one of rock’s most poignant fables. Blithely ignored while he was alive, yet lionized and name-checked countless times since his mysterious death by OD in 1974 at age 26, Drake’s music subtly and gracefully weaves together neo-classical strings, virtuoso guitar playing and an erudite, emotionally raw lyricism that vividly evokes the extremes of beauty and despair.
In the near-future, post-collapse setting of James Kunstler’s new novel, World Made by Hand, characters eke out a living without cold beer, antibiotics or cars. Society’s taxes, law and order, and emergency services are but distant memories, destroyed by a “perfect storm” of a fatal flu epidemic, $10 gallons of gasoline, and terrorist-detonated dirty bombs that have leveled DC and LA. Well known as the curmudgeon of the “peak oil” movement, Künstler has penned several nonfiction books critical of suburbia, most notably The Geography of Nowhere, and in this work of fiction, the author’s predictions about the nonsustainability of the McMansions, strip malls and fry shacks that America knows and loves today have come to pass.
This is a mini-interview with Ken Goffman [a.k.a. R.U. Sirius], co-author of Counterculture Through the Ages. How would you compare the counterculture of the '60s with the counterculture of today? In the 1960s, there were three television channels, newspapers and magazines, pop radio...people got their messages from very few sources.
At the Cannabis Cup last November, my friends Gary and Matt from 420 Jars surprised me with an awesome gift: a batch of “Bobby Black for President” buttons they’d made for me. Naturally I was flattered, but thought of it as a mere novelty. The next day onstage, I jokingly announced my candidacy and declared Pot Star as my running mate.
Fair to Midland is an occasion for an 18th-birthday cake.
“Fair to Midland are coming to the House of Blues the day after my birthday!” Andrew probably should have been studying for his finals, since college Is almost as important as rock ’n’ roll. In his first semester, he was teetering on the threshold of 18.
10 grams dank cannabis, cleaned and finely chopped 1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter 1 lb confectioner’s sugar (roughly 3[??] cups) 4-5 tbsp cream (milk is okay) 1 tsp vanilla extract This is the easiest recipe ever. Pick a cake, any cake. Make it and let it cool.
California is a queer place—in a way. it has turned its back on the world. and looks into the void Pacific. It is absolutely selfish, very empty, but not false, and at least. not full of false effort. It's sort of crazy-sensible. —D.H. Lawrence, author of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, in a letter to a friend
It’s Sunday afternoon in Santa Cruz, CA. The strollers on West Cliff Drive look out on the breaking waves. Others stop along the sidewalk railing just to watch the show. The walkway follows the line of the coast and juts out into the Pacific at Lighthouse State Beach to provide an ideal vantage point for watching the world-class surfers below.
Although Prop. 215 supposedly made medical marijuana legal, the system still ensnares state citizens. In 2007, California state courts made several favorable rulings for the cause of medical cannabis. This year promises to be just as interesting and productive.
Mind-Blast From the Past: Classic Strains Sprout From Decade-Old Seeds.
We’ve been waiting for you! I bet you’ll want to snap a photo of this!” Matt jumps into the bed of his pickup and tears open a canvas-wrapped bundle. The scent of freshly harvested White Rhino hits me, and I have to step back to fit the huge, bushy plant into a single frame, snapping a few photos before he drives the day’s harvest down the road.
As the American economy slumps deeper and deeper, there is one industry that keeps on growing....
SWEET HOME, CALIFORNIA
EVERYBODY MUST GET STONED
PLAYING IN THE BAND
Imagine, if you can, a man diagnosed with a very rare form of melanoma in a malignant scalp tumor at the age of 25, a specific type of cancer that, according to doctors, in the 30-some known cases at the time, had only ever been found in patients whose ages averaged 75 years old.
Residents of Humboldt County must deal with the problems created by its legend.
When HIGH TIMES published an article reporting that seasonal marijuana trimmers could make upwards of $20 per hour in Humboldt County, local observers noted a spike in the number of young homeless people hanging around southern Humboldt, apparently hoping for work.
Welcome to the second installment of the 2007 Cannabis Cup Strain Report. These picks showcase strains that won Cups this past November in Amsterdam as well as a few others that caught our eye. As usual, the breeders brought out their latest and greatest and when it was finally all over, they were kind enough to share some of the details of their work with our cultivation team.
Four years ago, a rapper named Singe released an album on Stashbox Records called The Epidemic. A few weeks later, the Army Reserve shipped him to Iraq. During a mission, Singe photographed himself kneeling next to a cannabis plant in Baghdad.
This Apollo 11 is from Brothers Grimm seed stock. I was very lucky to get this clone from a good friend. She’s a very good yielder: I vegged her for two months, and the rest finished at about four to five feet with the bucket. She’s a branchy monster with buds everywhere, dense and lemon-scented.
Trans-High Market Quotations (THMQ) reports pot prices by the ounce, strain and location. To submit prices, go to the THMQ link at hightimes.com. CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $371 (last month: $346; YTD: $370) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $451 ($459, $450) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$3L49 PER 0Z): $276 ($276, $276) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$1~49 PER 0Z): $83 [$88, $911 Purps narrowly edged out Kush to become May's most submitted strain.
Beware of short cuts and quick fixes that minimize the hard work and focus required to prosper. An effective ganja garden always rewards the grower who practices the following seven important rules of conduct. By Danny Danko Pro activity isn’t just a boardroom cliché.
Even if you have a collection of heady glass pieces, it’s important to have a few in your arsenal that you’re less attached to—the kind you don’t mind breaking out at a party, lending to a friend, or taking on a trip without worrying too much about losing it forever. Glass Art Plus provides affordable alternatives, with many package deals online to help sweeten the deal. Pictured are their 4-inch Mini Sherlock Bubbler and an inside-out bat for under 40 bucks. Check out their Web site for plenty more inexpensive smoking accessories and great package deals. Price: $39 Contact: Glass Art Plus, 631-656-5658, gtassartplus.com
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Grunge Off Super Soaker
The classic cleaner is back in a new earth-friendly black bottle, with an improved formula made especially for glass that cleans even the toughest tars. You don't add any water-simply allow your glass to soak in Grunge Off Super Soaker until all the resins are removed. Rinse your piece with warm water, wash your hands, and your glass is good to go. No scrubbing or shaking is necessary to deodorize and sanitize any size bubbler. Best of all, it’s biodegradable, nontoxic and made in the USA. Grunge Off will make your bong or glassware sparkle like the day you first brought it home. Price: 16.9 fl. oz., $11.98 plus S&H; 12 bottles, $143.76 plus S&H Contact: Grunge Off, 866-789-5225, grungeoff.com
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Everyone needs a good device to break up their pot and keep their fingers from getting sticky. The Chromium Crusher is the Hummer of pot grinders: Its heavy-duty teeth will tear through even the densest buds for perfect joint rolling every time. It’s made from a proprietary alloy of black chrome, aluminum and nickel to provide strength and durability that lasts. A built-in screen and kif catcher collects trichomes that you can pack in a bowl or press into a nice little piece of hash. Price: Various sizes from $14 to $45 Contact: Vaporizerdealer.com
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Dream Cheeky USB Green-house
For Christmas, a buddy of ours got a gag gift of one of these cute little cheap “mini-growrooms.” Funny thing is, he immediately put the Dream Cheeky USB Green-house to use, rooting a few precious Chemdog cuttings in a pinch. The humidity inside the unit satisfied the needs of the clones, and the LED lighting was adequate to keep them alive. Even cooler, this greenhouse gets its power from your computer and connects to software that allows you to access a calendar, create growth charts and take notes on plant progress. Don’t get it twisted: You’re not going to finish a crop in here or even be able to keep mother plants around for too long—the only cannabis-related application is when you need to keep a handful of clones alive long enough to root and move into a larger space. But for what little they cost, these sure make a pretty cool-looking incubation chamber. We can’t wait to see some bigger models in the future. (Note: The software isn’t compatible with Macs, but the LED light still works like a charm.) Price: $39.99 Contact: Day Deal, daydeal.com
ALL YOU NEED TO GROW ANSWERS & PHOTOS BY JORGE CERVANTES In your column in the October 2007 issue of HIGH TIMES, you answered a question for “Broke and Wanting to Grow.” In your answer, you said he could use a 65-watt compact fluorescent yard light to bud a plant out.
Check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map (www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/us hzmap.html) for the last average day of frost in your climate zone. But don’t take the map as the last word—it could still freeze, even with global warming. If you live in western North America, you can use the climate-zone maps found in the Sunset Western Garden Book, which are subdivided into more specific climate regions.
Last winter, we brought seven gorgeous ganja girls down to Negril, Jamaica, for a fun-filled week of sand, sun and smoke at the 2007 Miss HIGH TIMES Pageant. For 2008, we’ve handpicked a whole new crop of contestants to compete for the coveted Miss HIGH TIMES crown.